Yingpei Games will release its Unreal Engine 3-powered PC shooter Mercenary Ops this summer, according to an announcement from Kalends Publishing.
The new title combines “the best of the tactical gameplay elements from conventional third-person shooters,” along with “the fast-paced competitive and cooperative team matches” found in online multiplayer titles. It also contains character development and customization options.
“In a third-person shooter, the online multiplayer aspect of the game always seems to be an after-thought to the single-player experience,” said the game’s producer Jason Sharp. “Because of this, we decided to concentrate on creating an entirely different online experience by looking at every facet of game design from that perspective.
“This decision resulted in a unique style of play that enhanced traditional tactical combat by requiring players to have a quicker, more aggressive attitude.”
Mercenary Ops makes use of cover-based mechanics and an active reload system combined with the “precise control and aiming abilities found only on the PC.”
Destructible cover, an encumbrance system and maps with multiple threat vectors are some of the gameplay elements. In competitive multiplayer, up to 16 players can “faceoff in five different, intense game modes,” while in co-op, teams of 3 – 8 players take on hordes of AI controlled enemies and mini-bosses.